0 Have your say YORKSHIRE’S high streets and town centres are fading away with shop closures reaching alarming levels leaving thousands in the region without jobs. Dewsbury has already lost its Marks & Spencer, Hull is set to lose House of Fraser and Doncaster its New Look store. Even pubs, banks and post offices that have been the stalwart of our town centres and high streets for years have disappeared, leaving these centres of community life, symbols of local pride, prosperity and cohesion at risk of extinction.This has not happened by accident. Whilst there is some truth in the argument that out-of-town shopping complexes have enticed shoppers away from the high street and that online shopping has dramatically altered consumer behaviour, the root causes of our high streets woes run much deeper.For example, rents for commercial properties on the high street are on the rise, the business rates system is complex and unfair, transport links and parking … [Read more...] about Rebecca Long Bailey: High streets need support now – this is Labour’s plan of action
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Hailsham High Street has been nominated for a national award which recognises the best high streets in the country. It was entered in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the Great British High Street Awards by Hailsham Town Council. Following the recent adoption of the council’s Strategic Plan, the town council nominated its high street for the award to recognise the progress towards its revitalisation and development.Wealden MP Nus Ghani has welcomed the nomination. She said, “It’s wonderful to see Hailsham High Street entered for the Great British High Street Awards.“Hailsham Town Council have worked hard on revitalising the town centre, and I’d like to thank everyone at the town council for their hard work in entering the high street.“These awards are a wonderful for opportunity for our Wealden high streets to demonstrate what makes them special to our communities, and I look forward to supporting Hailsham in their bid to go as far as … [Read more...] about Hailsham High Street nominated for high street of the year awards
It's tough times for our high streets ... but all is not lost. The Daily Mirror has revealed the challenges - and those bucking the trend - with our High Street Fightback campaign. Today we get behind the Great British High Street Awards and launch a search to find the individuals making a difference. Nominations for the High Street Hero Award, in association with the Daily Mirror, close on August 22. Whether it’s someone who gives time, money or just enthusiasm, don’t delay and tell us why they should be named the High Street Hero. A shortlist will be unveiled on September 17. Winners, one for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be announced in November. For categories and how to submit an entry for the awards, run by the Government and sponsored by Visa, visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk Here, TV host Simon Reeve says why it’s vital to take part... Over the past few months, I’ve been exploring high streets … [Read more...] about Simon Reeve asks: Who are the High Street heroes keeping towns alive?
On-going efforts to boost visitor and trader numbers in Ashford town centre has won approval from a government minister.Jake Berry MP from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - who has a remit which includes local growth and high streets - was given a guided tour of the town centre and said other towns could learn from its approach to developing partnerships to boost all important footfall.Given a 90-minute tour by council officials and Ashford MP Damian Green, he said: "It’s great to have seen a town centre that is thriving and is enjoying an increase in the number of people visiting.“It is a tribute to Ashford Borough Council and the traders involved. I have met some fantastic and passionate champions for the town centre and it’s obvious to me that this success comes from a strong partnership approach.“What is unusual about the Ashford approach is the absolute dedication to creating a partnership between the local council and new and … [Read more...] about High streets minister backs town centre ‘rejuvenation’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 March 2018 Beth Sharp Local business owners Sharon Hobson,Steve Clarke,Stewart Hayman and Steven Kendall-Torry. Ref shs 13 18TI 0288. Picture: Terry Ife Archant Struggling Sidmouth business owners have called for an urgent meeting to discuss the survival of the town’s high street before it is too late. Local business owners Sharon Hobson,Steve Clarke,Stewart Hayman and Steven Kendall-Torry. Ref shs 13 18TI 0294. Picture: Terry Ife The Herald has previously reported the fears of a number of independent traders who did not know how they would continue if something was not done to make the business rates fairer in the town. A group of business owners met this week to discuss a situation which is making it hard for them to continue, with issues like parking, pavements and the lack of support from local authorities being mentioned. Among those who attended were Steve and Lyn Clarke, of The Rendezvous, John Wycherley, of Sidmouth Gifts, Steven … [Read more...] about Urgent meeting called to discuss Sidmouth High Street’s survival before it’s too late